Newswire: R.I.P. Kimbo Slice, boxer, mixed martial artist, and actor

According to a report from TMZ confirmed by Bellator MMA CEO Scott Coker, mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice (né Kevin Ferguson) has died. The exact circumstances of his death are unknown, but he was reportedly rushed to the hospital near his home in Coral Springs, Florida earlier today and died shortly thereafter. He was 42.

Known as one of the most intimidating men in mixed martial arts, this heavyweight fighter came by his ferocious reputation honestly. A high school and college athlete, after an unsuccessful tryout for the Miami Dolphins Slice worked a series of jobs, eventually becoming a bodyguard for adult-film production company Reality Kings. It was through this connection Slice began participating in underground fighting, and in 2003 videos of Slice fighting in unsanctioned street matches went viral. (It was one of these videos that helped give him his nickname, when he sliced open an opponent’s eye …

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